Rail jobs, staff issues and training

13.11.07

MP opens Southeastern’s new operations learning and development centre at Orpington, Kent

Orpington MP John Horam was at the town’s railway station to officially open a new £325,000 staff learning and development centre.

A former Southern region steam locomotive shed, already partly used as a drivers’ depot, it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art educational centre.

Its specification marks a distinct change of emphasis from “instruction” to “development”. And it also reflects a move towards “blending” - theoretical learning followed by practical experience.

Three Class 375/376 Electrostar and Class 465/466 Networker train cab simulators have been relocated to the site from Ashford to provide first-rate driver learning opportunities.

Not only can drivers be rostered onto training programmes at Orpington, but there will also be out-of-hours access for those wishing to voluntarily improve skills and knowledge.

The new centre includes four air-conditioned, touch-screen and computer-equipped classrooms for learning a range of railway-related disciplines. And there is further provision for it to support the Rail Maritime and Transport union’s ‘Lifelong Learning’ programme.

Additional facilities include a mess room for light refreshments, and a fire officer’s room for servicing fire-fighting equipment.

Wallace Weatherill, Southeastern’s professional head of operations and planning, has welcomed the opportunities offered by the new centre.

He said: “It replaces previous training facilities at Lincoln House in London, is much more accessible and is expected to save Southeastern £1 million during the present franchise.”

Southeastern runs trains linking south-east London and its suburbs to Kent and parts of East Sussex, operating some 1750 services and more than 400,000 passenger journeys a day. It has a fleet of 350 electric multiple unit trains and manages 180 stations across its 480-mile network.

On April 1, 2006 it succeeded South Eastern Trains, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the former Strategic Rail Authority, to take charge of the Integrated Kent Franchise.

From December 2009 Southeastern will provide 140mph services on High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. And for the 2012 London Olympic Games it will operate express Javelin shuttle trains linking the City to the Olympic village in Stratford, East London.

Southeastern and its sister company, Southern, are both operated by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis SA (35%) which is a French-based operator of passenger transport services in seven European countries and in Canada.

Go-Ahead also runs bus services across London and the South East, and has additional interests in aviation and car parking businesses.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

24/02/2020Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

Network Rail improvement work will begin this week on three level crossings in Staffordshire. Engineers will be replacing the older barrier ... more >
£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

24/02/2020£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

Announced today (Feb 24th) by the Rail Minister a £2.5m investment is set to benefit passengers across CrossCountry rail services. Fro... more >
Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

20/02/2020Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

Martin Frobisher, Group director, Safety, Technical & Engineering and Network Rail, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the renewable... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleeper's' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achieving those visions. With a much greater, interconnected network of data available to the engineers and... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >